Café Isan is down-to-earth, vintage Thai inspired by the flavours and distinct character of north eastern Thailand (Isan): its food, people and culture.
Thai owned and managed, the restaurant brings genuine Isan, Thai food to the Middle East’s Thai community, whilst playfully re-interpreting it in a way loyal to its roots for the rest of us.
More than a Thai restaurant Café Isan is a home from home for the UAE's Thai community, as it was here Café Isan was born.
Founder and Head Chef "New" started out cooking from home for Dubai's Thai Community, who like her - couldn't get real Thai food here in Dubai. To her initial surprise (being self-taught) her food became popular, literally outgrowing the apartment! 5 years after this humble beginning, Café Isan opened its doors in JLT, Dubai, where the same home-cooked style is served, and lots of New's original customers and friends can be found.
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How does Isan, Thai food differ from Thai?
In general Isan, Thai food is lighter than standard Thai - especially the curries. Soups are clear and without a coconut base, and most dishes are traditionally spicier - Thai red chilli (crushed, dried or made into pastes). You can, of course opt for the non-spicy option, don't worry!
The Isan region of Thailand is 70% of the country, and is its lush rural heartland – the land of farmers, ancient temples, festivals and the birthplace of Thai funk or ‘Morlum. ‘ Its people are notoriously warm, welcoming and embrace the lighter side of life. Karaoke is another regional passion, hence Café Isan’s 2000w Karaoke system (Thai) with 40,000 Thai songs!
Café Isan prides itself on serving only the freshest, handcrafted, delicately balanced dishes daily. We're also committed to providing very high quality food at great prices.
We welcome takeaways & deliveries (045135289) and online orders, but why not pay us a visit - we have an open kitchen and cook your food in front of you? We're in JLT, Cluster M, or visit us at StreetFoodMarketDXB - 26th, 27th & 28th January 2017 at Dubai International Marine Club (next to Barasti)..